Monday, July 29, 2013

Mixed Media Monday - Make a Copper Rose Filagree Ring - Spellbinders Media Mixage

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Isn't it amazing just how fast Monday rolls around? It's the start to another week, so why not make it a creative one?  

I really enjoy working with copper and I love the look of enamel.  So I combined both of my likes in this easy to make pendant using Copper metal sheets from the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ line and Krylon®  spray paint to create a very summery copper flower ring.

Krylon® spray paints make it easy to achieve the enameled look.  I tend to spray the paint on just a little heavy and let it flow and set in the cracks and crevases.  I like the worn look this gives.  

Project Dimensions: Varies

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
MD1-012 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circles Three Die Templates
MM1-003 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Copper Metal Sheet
MB1-001 Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Ovals One Bronze Bezel (optional)
MD1-001 Susan Lenart Kazmer for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™   Ovals One Die (optional)
20 gauge steel annealed wire (available at hardware stores)
Wireform® Copper Wire Mesh by Amaco® 
Spray paint in color of choice - I used Krylon® Ballet Slipper
Ring base
Balled headpin
Beads of choice
Jewelry adhesive
Nail file/emery board
Bench block or anvil
Needle Tool
Ball Peen hammer
Wooden dapping block and punch
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

Cut one circle from the copper sheet and copper mesh using the #2 (with one being the smallest) Circles Three die template.  (you can make the flower as many layers as you like by using the additional size dies)

Poke a hole in the center of each circle with the needle tool
File edges smooth with nail file

Snip notches with scissors around the entire circumference of the circle.   Cut off the edges and file smooth

Place copper metal circle onto the anvil/bench block and hammer a texture using the ball side of the hammer

Place into the wooden dapping tool and gently tap on the wooden punch to form the circle into a domed shape flower.  Place into a deeper section and repeat creating a bigger domed effect.

Paint copper and wire mesh with desired color spray paint.

Ruffle wire mesh circle with your fingers.

Thread bead onto a balled headpin, followed by mesh circle and copper circle.
Create a loop in the bottom with round nose pliers to secure

Glue on to ring base with silicone jewelry glue and allow to dry.

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